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2019 is an election year for New York City’s Education Councils. Parents across the city have an opportunity to run for a council and help shape policies and priorities for NYC schools. There is one council for each of NYC’s 32 community school districts, plus four citywide councils.
Watch this video of Chancellor Richard Carranza explaining why you should consider running for an Education Council seat this year. Applications opened on February 14, 2019.
Learn more about Education Councils on our Education Councils page:
Why Should You Run?
- Make a difference in your community
- Advise the NYC Schools Chancellor on education policy
- Build your knowledge of education issues
- Engage with your community and vote on school zoning lines
- Work closely with your district’s superintendent
- Support schools in your district
- Receive leadership training
- Host a Town Hall with the NYC Schools Chancellor
- Partner with community leaders
- Build relationships with other parents
Important Election Dates
Application Deadline Extended to March 13, 2019!
Apply for an Education Council seat!
March 18–21, 2019
Candidate Conferences: Find out what it’s like to serve on a council
March 25–May 1, 2019
Candidate Forums: Meet the voters and tell them why they should vote for you
May 2–14, 2019
Selectors (PA/PTA presidents, treasurers, recording secretaries) vote online
May 21, 2019
Election results announced
July 1, 2019
Members-elect take office
How to Run for a Seat on an Education Council
- Apply online beginning February 14, 2019 at nycparentleaders.org
- It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete the application. If you do not have a computer, ask your parent coordinator for access to a computer in your school or at a district office, or call 311 for information on computer access at local public libraries.
- You can apply until 11:59 PM on March 6, 2019.
- You can run for as many councils as you are eligible for, but can serve on only one. On the application, you will be asked to rank each council in order of preference; if you are elected to more than one, you will be assigned to serve on the council you ranked highest.
- Attend the Candidate Conference on March 19, 2019 to find out more about what it’s like to serve on a council.
- Make sure to attend the candidate forums for the councils to which you have applied.
- If you are a parent of a student currently attending pre-K–grade eight in a public, non-charter school, you are eligible to run for the Community Education Council (CEC) for the district where your child’s school is located.
- If you are a parent of a student currently attending a public, non-charter high school, you are eligible to run for the Citywide Council on High Schools (CCHS), representing the borough where your child’s school is located.
- If you are a parent of a student with an IEP currently receiving special education services provided by or paid for by the NYC Department of Education, you are eligible to run for the Citywide Council on Special Education (CCSE).
- If you are a parent of an English Language Learner currently enrolled in a bilingual or ESL program, or who was enrolled in such a program within the past two years, you are eligible to run for the Citywide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL).
- If you are a parent of a student currently receiving citywide special education services in District 75, you are eligible to run for the Citywide Council for District 75 (CCD75).
You Cannot Serve on an Education Council If:
- You are a current DOE employee
- You are a member of the Panel for Educational Policy
- You hold elective public office, or an elective or appointed party position
- You have been convicted of certain crimes
- You have received an official letter of removal from a PA/PTA, School Leadership Team, Education Council or other parent leadership body
- The DOE’s Ethics Officer determines you have a conflict of interest based on NYC Conflicts of Interest Law
Be sure to consult nycparentleaders.org for details on eligibility requirements. Eligibility is determined at the time you submit your application to run for an Education Council seat.
Voting for Council Members
New York State law has special rules for electing Education Council members.
- Community Education Council members are elected by the PA/PTA president, recording secretary, and treasurer of every school in the corresponding community school district. There are 32 school districts citywide, representing elementary and middle schools.
- Citywide Council on High School members are elected by the PA/PTA president, recording secretary, and treasurer of every high school; each borough elects two representatives.
- Citywide Council on Special Education members are elected by parents of students with an IEP, nominated by each Presidents’ Council in NYC. There are 38 selectors in total, one for each Presidents’ Council.
- Citywide Council on English Language Learners members are elected by parents of English Language Learners, nominated by each Presidents’ Council in NYC. There are 38 selectors in total, one for each Presidents’ Council.
- Citywide Council for District 75 members are elected by the PA/PTA president, recording secretary, and treasurer of every District 75 school in NYC.
Candidate conferences will take place from March 18-21 in various locations across the city. This conference is designed to help you find out more about NYC’s Education Councils and what serving on them involves. Attending the conference will also help prepare you to present your candidacy to the voters.
Candidate Forums are organized by the district and borough Presidents’ Councils and are the best opportunity for candidates to meet and speak with the parents who will be voting for them.
You are strongly encouraged to attend the forum(s) corresponding to the council(s) for which you are running.
Serving on a Council
If you are elected, your term will begin on July 1, 2019 and end on June 30, 2021.
As a council member, you will not be paid but may be reimbursed for certain expenses related to your council service.
Councils organize monthly public meetings, with the superintendent, where issues and initiatives affecting their school district or the student populations they represent are presented and debated. Council members are required to attend the monthly meeting; in addition, they are strongly encouraged to participate in school visits and public forums where they can become better informed about issues facing students in NYC public schools.
You must attend at least one training session during your term in addition to the Orientation on June 22, 2019. You will also have the opportunity to attend continuing education programs on leadership, public school governance and other topics relevant to carrying out the responsibilities of a council member.
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